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Precipitation (Rain and Snow) Gauges
(plus evaporation pans, water-depth gauges,
snow-depth measurements, and precipitation amounts)

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Below are checklists of Precipitation (rain and snow) gauges and precipitation-related categorizes on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

For rainfall/precipitation contours/maps see the other weather maps section of the Weather Maps page.

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Precipitation (rain and snow) gauges
Evaporation pans
Water-depth gauges Water-depth gauges
Snow-depth measurements Snow-depth measurements
Precipitation amounts


Below is a list of Precipitation (rain and snow) gauges and precipitation-related categorizes on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueType of Precipitation Measurement
Precipitation (rain and snow) gauges
Afghanistan645 (Mi764)1963Rain gauge with Alter-type wind screen1
Afghanistan646 (Mi765)
AfghanistanC46 (Mi770)Imperforate
AfghanistanC50 (Mi774A)
iC50 (Mi774B)

Imperforate
Angola862 (Mi917)1993Tipping-bucket rain gauge
ArgentinaNone(Black printed) cachet on cover1970seal/walrus holding rain gauge (cachet design is a modified version of the cachets found in NZ cover 1961 and NZ cover 1978)
Belize972 (Mi1071)1991Rain gauge
Canada481 (Mi422)From MS50 (481a (50x 481))1968Tipping-bucket rain gauge
Canada481 fdc1Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
Canada481 fdc2Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
Canada481 fdc3Stamp on FDC (Rose Craft cachet)
Canada481 fdc4Stamp on FDC (Cole Cover cachet)
Canada481 fdc5Stamp on (airmail) FDC (red and blue rubber-stamp cachet)
Chad100 fdc (Mi115 fdc)(PJ) cachet on FDC1964Tipping-bucket rain gauge
China (People's Republic)367-369 fdc (Mi395-397 fdc)(Pictorial) cancel on FDC (China Philatelic Company cachet), also back1958Rain gauge with Alter-type wind screen1
China (People's Republic)460 (Mi488)1959Rain gauge with Alter-type wind screen1
China (People's Republic)1387 (Mi1396)1978Rain gauge
China (People's Republic)1384-1388 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2003Rain gauge
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2006Rain gauge
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2007Several rain gauges
China (People's Republic)NoneLetter sheet back, also front2007Rain gauges
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2009Rain gauges
China (Taiwan)3574k_2 label6 (Mi2986-2995 label6)Labels from MS10 (3574k_2 (a-j + 7 labels))2004Several rain gauges, including one larger gauge that may house a tipping bucket rain gauge, at Yu-Shan weather observatory (Taiwan)
China (Taiwan)3574k_2 label7 (Mi2986-2995 label6)Rain gauges at Lan-Yu Island weather observatory (on a small island to the southeast of Taiwan)
Congo (Republic)111 fdc (Mi42 fdc)(PJ) cachet on FDC1964Tipping-bucket rain gauge
CroatiaNone(?) cachet on WMD cover1992Rain gauge
CroatiaNone(Black printed) cachet on WMD cover2001Rain gauge
Cuba1591 (Mi1665)1971Rain gauge
Cuba1589-1592 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Denmark489 fdc (Mi521 fdc)(Frimaerke Nyt nr.169) cachet on FDC1972Funnel feeding into simple rain gauge
Falkland Islands Dependencies1L50 (Mi90)1980Rain gauge with wind screen1
Falkland Islands Dependencies1L50 reissue (Mi90 type2)1L50 reissued1985Rain gauge with wind screen1
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesNone(Annotated) cachet on cover1986Rain/snow gauge
French Southern and Antarctic Territories257k (Mi410)On stamp and in (right) margin of page from souvenir booklet of 28 (2x (257 (a-n))) with booklet front, also booklet back, also detail1999Rain gauge
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesNoneCachet (same design as 257k) on cover, also detail2000Rain gauge
Gabon170 fdc (Mi196 fdc)(PJ) cachet on FDC1964Tipping-bucket rain gauge
Germany (East)1998 cover (Mi? cover)(Black and red printed) cachet on cover1990Two rain gauges
GermanyNone(Pictorial) cancel2008Rain gauge
Greenland803 (Mi814)2019Snow gauge
Greenland803 fdcStamp on FDC (Greenland Post cachet)
Jersey (Great Britain)294 (Mi287)Two of booklet pane of 4 (294a (2x (293-294))) with English selvedge, or two of booklet pane of 4 (294a (2x (293-294))) with French selvedge, also booklet front1982Rain gauge
Jersey (Great Britain)294 fdcStamp on FDOI postcard, also back
Jersey (Great Britain)289-294 fdcOne of six stamps on FDC (JPO cachet)
Jersey (Great Britain)294a fdcBooklet pane of 4 with French selvedge on FDC (Cotswold Covers cachet)
Jersey (Great Britain)290b+294b fdcTwo of four pairs (2x (290b+294b)) on FDC (PhilSwiss cachet)
Korea (South)321 (Mi321)1961Ancient rain gauge, Joseon dynasty
Korea (South)321 essayAdopted essay
Korea (South)321 fdc1Stamp and (green and orange printed) cachet on FDC
Korea (South)321 fdc2Stamp on FDC (green printed cachet, cancel with Seoul in English)
Korea (South)321 fdc3Stamp on FDC (green printed cachet, cancel with Seoul in Korean)
Korea (South)321a (BL159)Imperforate SS1 (321)
Korea (South)321a fdcImperforate SS1 and (green and orange printed) cachet on FDC
Korea (South)858 (Mi865)1973Ancient rain gauge, Joseon dynasty
Korea (South)858 fdcStamp and (pictorial) cancel and (green and black printed) cachet on FDC
Korea (South)858a (BL360)MS2 (2x 858)
Korea (South)1457a fdc1 (Mi1447-1448 fdc)(KPC) cachet on FDC (with black pictorial cancel only)1986Ancient rain gauge, Joseon dynasty
Korea (South)1457a fdc2(KPC) cachet on FDC (with black pictorial cancel and extra text-only cancel), also back
Korea (South)1457a fdc3(KPC) cachet on FDC (with blue pictorial cancel (same except for the color) and extra text-only cancel (different))
Korea (South)1459 (Mi1514)One of pair (1459a (1458-1459)) (Mi1513-1514)1987Ancient rain gauge, Joseon dynasty
Korea (South)1459a fdc1Pair and (pictorial) cancel and (KPC) cachet on FDC
Korea (South)1459a fdc2Two of four stamps (from MS20) and (pictorial) cancel on FDC (blank/no cachet), also back
Korea (South)1459a folderFolder
Korea (South)1675 bk (Mi? bk)(Pictorial) cancel on booklet of 4 front1992Ancient rain gauge, Joseon dynasty
Korea (South)1675 fdc(Pictorial) cancel on FDC
Korea (South)2142 fdc (Mi2398 fdc)Cachet on FDC2004Ancient rain gauge, Joseon dynasty
Korea (South)Unknown b (Mi?)One of block of 4 (a-d) or five of MS20 (5x (a-d))2021Ancient rain gauge, Joseon dynasty
Korea (South)Unknown a fdc(Korea Post) cachet on FDC
Korea (South)Unknown b fdc1Stamp and (Korea Post) cachet on FDC
Korea (South)Unknown b fdc2Stamp and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Korea (South)Unknown c fdc(Korea Post) cachet on FDC
Korea (South)Unknown d fdc(Korea Post) cachet on FDC
Malagasy Republic404 (Mi572)1967Rain gauge
Malagasy Republic404 proofSigned proof
Malagasy RepublicC116 (Mi696)1973Rain gauge
Malagasy RepublicC116 fdcStamp and (orange and blue and black printed) cachet on FDC
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)1062 (Mi1389)1992(artistic) precipitation gauges (at upper-left)
Mozambique1103 (Mi1185)1989Rain gauge
Mozambique1103-1106 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Namibia693 (Mi701)1991Rain gauge; "rain gauge(s)" and "rainfall [observing] stations" (in insert text)
Namibia690-693 fdc1One of four stamps on FDC (Namibia PT cachet), also insert
Namibia690-693 fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (Namibia silk cachet)
New Caledonia322 fdc (Mi385 fdc)(?) cachet on FDC1962Rain gauge
New ZealandNone(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1961seal/walrus holding rain gauge (same design as NZ cover 1978; for another use see Argentina cover 1970)
New ZealandNone(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1978seal/walrus holding rain gauge (same design as NZ cover 1961; for another use see Argentina cover 1970)
Nigeria311 essay (Mi295 essay)Essay1973Rain gauge
NorwayNonePostcard200xRain/snow gauge
Philippines922 (Mi771)1965Rain gauge
Philippines922 fdc1Stamp on FDC (multi-color printed))
Philippines922 fdc2Stamp on FDC (cyan and yellow and black printed cachet)
Philippines923 (Mi772)
Philippines923 fdcStamp on FDC
Philippines924 (Mi773)
Philippines924 fdcStamp on FDC
Philippines922-924 fdc1Three stamps on FDC
Philippines922-924 fdc2Three stamps on FDC (different)
Philippines922-924 fdc3Three stamps on FDC (different)
Philippines1069 (Mi935)922 overprinted1970Rain gauge
RomaniaNoneCachet on stamped envelope1984Rain gauge
RomaniaNoneCachet on stamped envelope (different)1984Rain gauge(s)
RomaniaNoneCachet on stamped envelope (different)1984Rain gauge (upside-down reflection in sunshine recorder / heliograph)
RomaniaNoneCachet on stamped envelope (different)1984Rain gauges
RomaniaNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on stamped envelope1994Rain gauge
RomaniaNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on stamped envelope (different)1994Rain gauge
Russia (USSR)2495 (Mi2500)1961Rain gauge
Russia (USSR)3860 cover (Mi3891 cover)(Red and blue and black printed) cachet on cover1971Alter-type wind screen1
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1976Three rain gauges, one with Alter-type wind screen1
Slovenia425 fdc (Mi312 fdc)(Pictorial) cancel on FDC2000Rain gauge
Sri Lanka1234 (Mi1187)1998Rain gauge
Sri Lanka1234 fdcStamp on FDC
United StatesNonePostcard~1920Rain gauge
Uganda1195 (Mi1327)1994Rain gauge
Upper Volta130 (Mi145)
i130

Imperforate
1964Tipping-bucket rain gauge
Upper Volta130 proof1Signed proof
Upper Volta130 proof2Proof (green)
Upper Volta130 fdc1Stamp and (PJ) cachet on FDC
Upper Volta130 fdc2Stamp on FDC (Éditions So.Ge.Im. cachet)
Upper Volta130 fdc3Stamp on FDC (Éditions J.F. cachet)
Vanuatu565 (Mi889)1992Rain gauge
Vanuatu565-568 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Vietnam (South)235-238 fdc (Mi312-315 fdc)Cachet on FDC1964Rain gauges
Evaporation pans
Belize972 (Mi1071)1991Evaporation pan
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2003Evaporation pan
Namibia691 (Mi699)1991Evaporation pan (upside-down reflection in sunshine recorder / heliograph)
Namibia690-693 fdc1One of four stamps on FDC (Namibia PT cachet), also insert
Namibia690-693 fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (Namibia silk cachet)
RomaniaNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on stamped envelope1984Evaporation pan
RomaniaNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on stamped envelope (different)1984Evapotranspiration studies site
Uganda1195 (Mi1327)1994Evaporation pan
Vietnam (South)235-238 fdc (Mi312-315 fdc)Cachet on FDC1964Evaporation pan
Water-depth gauges
Albania954 (Mi1080)1966Water-depth gauge (dm)
Albania1209 (Mi1337)1969Water-depth gauge (dm)
Albania1208-1210 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
AngolaUnknown+selvedge (Mi?+selvedge)One of MS10 (10x unknown)2019Water-depth gauges (cm)
BulgariaNone(Pictorial) cancel on (un-canceled) postal card2020Water-depth gauge (no units)
France3786 (Mi?)From booklet pane of 12 (3793a (3782-3793))2010"inondation" (flood) to 5 m level on water-depth gauge
France3786 maxiMaxicard
HungaryB252 fdc (Mi2151 fdc)Cachet on FDC1965Water-depth gauge (cm)
HungaryB253 (BL49)In (left) margin of SS1Four water-depth gauges (cm)
HungaryB253 fdcSS1 and (blue printed) cachet on FDCWater-depth gauges (cm)
Malagasy Republic404 (Mi572)1967Water-depth gauge (dm)
Malagasy Republic404 proofSigned proof
Netherlands677 (Mi1286)1986Land elevation gauge (dm) (on land that might otherwise be under water)
Netherlands999 fdc1 (Mi1661 fdc1)(Pictorial) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC1998A scale (something like a water-depth gauge, but with both positive and negative values) and/or graphics that show various Dutch land level differences from the Normal Amsterdam Level of water (Normaal Amsterdams Peil or "N.A.P."); areas with negative values (i.e. below the NAP) would be flooded without the Dutch system of dikes
Netherlands999 fdc2 (Mi1661 fdc2)(Pictorial) cancel (different) and (multi-color printed) cachet (different) on FDC, also back
Netherlands999-1000 bk frontBooklet front
Nigeria207 (Mi201)1967Levelling a (water-depth) gauge
Nigeria208 (Mi202)High water-depth record years
Poland2977 (Mi3276)1990Water-depth gauge (dm)
Poland2976-2977 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
SloveniaRA30b (Mi?)One of pair (RA30 (a-b))2005Water-depth gauge (dm)
Vietnam2339 (Mi2414)
i2339

Imperforate
1992Water-depth gauge (dm)
Vietnam2338-2339 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Snow-depth measurements
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL12 (Mi12)1966Measuring snow strata
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL12+L14 cover (Mi12+14 cover)One of two different stamps on cover1979Measuring snow strata
Germany2090 card (Mi2127 card)(Deutsche Post) FDC art card back, and front2000"On 2 April 1944, a snow depth of 8.30 m was measured on the Zugspitze" (in German text)
RomaniaNonePostal card1998Measuring snow depth
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1981Snow-depth gauge with Alter-type wind screen1
Precipitation amounts
Argentina2447 (Mi3144-3154)In (lower) margin of MS11 (a-k); (the MS11 is found in this booklet and this folder)2007Average annual precipitation amounts ("Río Gallegos - 270 mm", "Esquel - 605 mm", "Bariloche - 847 mm", "Malargüe - 310 mm", "La Quiaca - 330 mm", "San Juan - 85 mm")
Argentina2447a+e fdcIn (lower) margin of partial MS11 on FDC
Argentina2447b+i-k fdcIn (lower) margin of partial MS11 on FDC
Argentina2447c-d fdcIn (lower) margin of partial MS11 on FDC
Argentina2447f-h fdcIn (lower) margin of partial MS11 on FDC
Tuvalu810 (BL70)In (lower) margin of MS6 (810 (a-f))1999Average annual rainfall "300 mm"
United States4066 (Mi4111)
4066_back
One of MS40 (4072a (4033-4072)), also back2006Rainiest spot in the US: Mt. Wai'ale'ale, Kaua'i HI, "400 inches"/year (10,000 mm/year)
United States4066 fdc1Stamp and (PCS) cachet on FDC
United States4066 fdc2Stamp and (Mystic Stamp Co.) cachet on FDC, also back
United States4066 fdc3Stamp and (PCS golden-replica) cachet on FDC, also insert
United States4066 fdc4Stamp on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
United StatesSP1611(USPS) souvenir page (4033-4072), also back
United StatesCP763 page1(USPS) commemorative panel (4033-4072), also page2

1Rain and snow-depth gauge wind screens are also known as wind shields.


Below is a list of Precipitation (rain and snow) gauges and precipitation-related categorizes on satellite launch covers.

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Water-depth gauges
United States1983-04-28Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on GOES-6 launch cover"river levels" (implying water-depth gauges)
Snow-depth measurements
United States1983-04-28Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on GOES-6 launch cover"snow depths"


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